Saturday, November 24, 2007
Grace Darling (24 November 1815 20 October 1842) is an English Victorian heroine, on the strength of a celebrated maritime rescue in 1838. Grace was born in 1815 at Bamburgh in Northumberland, and spent her youth in two lighthouses of which her father was the keeper.
In the early hours of 7 September 1838, Grace, looking from an upstairs window of the Longstone Lighthouse on the Farne Islands, spotted the ship, SS Forfarshire, which had run aground on big Harcar only a few hundred yards away. Knowing that the weather was too rough for the lifeboat to put out from the shore, Grace and her father took a rowing boat across to the island and rescued nine frightened survivors, bringing them safely back to the lighthouse.
Read a poem about Grace Darling, by William Wordsworth
William Barclay "Bat" Masterson (November 27, 1853 October 25, 1921) was a figure of the American Old West. His adventurous life included stints as a buffalo hunter, U.S. Army scout, avid fisherman, gambler, frontier lawman, U.S. Marshal, and sports editor and columnist for a New York newspaper. He was the brother to lawmen James Masterson and Ed Masterson, and was also the great-grandfather of Robert Ballard, the marine scientist who discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985.